Tuesday, May 21, 2013
McLouth Walks Off the Yankees
Phil Hughes pitched well tonight, aside from the two solo home runs he allowed to former Yankee Chris Dickerson. Hughes struck out five batters in six innings of work and walked two. Once again, his pitch count was getting too high for him to come out to pitch the seventh. Also a deterrent, was that Dickerson was leading off the seventh inning for the Orioles. Hughes gets a no decision for his efforts tonight and his ERA is still ballooned at 5.51, something that will not get him a big money contract at the end of the year. If Phil Hughes is looking for a payday he has to stop allowing home runs to marginal players. He is a flyball pitcher who would be better suited in a park out west. I can see him pitching for the Mariners or the Padres. Heck, even the Mets should take a chance with their big dimensions. He just doesn't fit in ballparks like Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park and Camden Yards. If given the opportunity to pitch in bigger ballparks Hughes can be a solid number two starter in a rotation that needs stability behind their ace.
The Yankees will hope to earn a series win tomorrow evening as they will send out Hiroki Kuroda to pitch against the Birds. Jason Hammel will get the start for the Orioles. Hammel has been a solid pitcher, but the Yankees have the ability to get to him if they are aggressive to begin the game. Robinson Cano will be a key factor in determining how well the offense performs tomorrow night.